Old Newton Village's Jubilee Playground opens with help from The Tudwick Foundation
Residents in Old Newton will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee with
a formal opening of their new ‘Jubilee Playground’ on Sunday 4 th June.
Completed over the winter, following many delays brought on by COVID
restrictions, the new Jubilee Playground will be formally opened by the Chair
of the Parish Council. The new playground equipment is aimed at older
children and will complement the existing play area which is suitable for
toddlers and under 8s.
‘The benefits of outdoor play for children’s development are extensive’,
explained Libby Brooks, member of the Village Hall Management Committee
and driving force behind the project. ‘We wanted to provide an inclusive,
creative and social outdoor environment for our local community. The
installation of play and fitness bar equipment for pre-teens and teenagers, a
team swing for inclusive play, as well as new picnic tables and benches have
created an area the whole family can enjoy.’
The £33,000 investment was only made possible due to sizeable grants from
National Lottery Community Fund, Viridor Credits, Alfred Williams Charitable
Trust, Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust, The Tudwick Foundation and Old
Newton Community Council.
‘We are extremely grateful to all our donors’, said Philip Groom, Chair of the
Village Hall Management Committee. ‘Our village is delighted with our new
play equipment; it will provide a safe and much needed space for physical play
and social interaction. It will be wonderful for both our local children and
visitors to our community”. The formal playground opening is at 2pm with a
plaque unveiling and planting of a commemorative tree. Followed by the dedication of a bench, donated by local resident, Celia Brown and her family in memory of their mother, Beau Cooke.
The celebrations will continue on the Village Hall playing field after the
ceremony; attendees can enjoy organised games, a bouncy castle and
refreshments, available for all.